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A-Level A2 coursework- comparing two novels

for my a2 coursework I have to complete a 2500 word detailed essay comparing and contrasting two novels based on your own chosen theme, one of which must be a post 2000 novel. You can do 2 post 2000 novels or 1 post 2000 novel and 1 pre 2000 novel. I’m really struggling to find novels which fit well together that I would also enjoy writing about as I was going to do one day by David nicholls with another novel but I just don’t think it is of a high enough literary standard to write about e.g literary devices. Any suggestions of what I could choose and what themes I could choose for each combo? The exam board is CCEA

List of novels approved by exam board:

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Comparison Novels (published prior to the Twenty-First Century)
Edwin A. Abbott Flatland
Chinua Achebe A Man of the People
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
Nelson Algren - The Man With The Golden Arm
V. C. Andrews - Petals on the Wind
Margaret Atwood - Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood The Edible Woman
Jane Austen Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen Persuasion
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility
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James Baldwin - Giovanni’s Room
James Baldwin Go Tell it on the Mountain
James Baldwin - If Beale Street Could Talk
J.G. Ballard - The Drowned World

Last updated: May 2024
Iain Banks - The Wasp Factory
Pat Barker - Regeneration
Simone de Beauvoir - All Men Are Mortal
William Peter Blatty The Exorcist
Robert Bloch - Psycho
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
David Brin - The Postman
Anne Brontë - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë - Shirley
John Buchan - Mr Standfast
Lothar-Günther Buchheim - Das Boot
Pearl S Buck Imperial Woman
Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and the Margarita
Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden
William S. Burroughs - Junky
William S. Burroughs - Queer
Octavia E Butler The Parable of the Sower
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Albert Camus - The Plague
Albert Camus - The Stranger
Truman Capote Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Orson Scott Card Enders Game
John le Carré - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lewis Carroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Angela Carter - Wise Children
Willa Cather - My Antonia
Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep
Stephen Chbosky - The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Kate Chopin - The Awakening
Agatha Christie And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie - Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie - The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan - Logan’s Run
J M Coetzee - Disgrace
Wilkie Collins The Moonstone
Wilkie Collins - The Woman in White
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness
Douglas Coupland - Generation X
Barry Crump - Wild Pork and Watercress
D
Mark Z. Danielewski House of Leaves
Osamu Dazai - No Longer Human
Daniel Defoe - A Journal of the Plague Year

Last updated: May 2024
Anita Diamant - The Red Tent
Philip K **** - Do androids dream of electric sheep?
Philip K **** - Flow Tears, the Policeman Said
Philip K **** - The Man in the High Castle
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens David Copperfield
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist
Joan Didion Play It as It Lays
Emma Donohue - Stir Fry
Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky Demons (also titled The Possessed or The Devils)
Arthur Conan Doyle - A Study in Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle - Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle The Valley of Fear
Roddy Doyle A Star Called Henry
Roddy Doyle - Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha
Roddy Doyle The Van
Roddy Doyle - The Woman Who Walked into Doors
Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo
E
Ralph Elison Invisible Man
Bret Easton Ellis - American Psycho
Bret Easton Ellis - Less Than Zero
James Ellroy - American Tabloid
James Ellroy - The Black Dahlia
Val Emmich Dear Evan Hansen
Jeffrey Eugenides - The Virgin Suicides
F
Michel Faber - Under the Skin
Sebastian Faulks - Birdsong
Janet Fitch - White Oleander
E.M. Forster - A Passage to India
E.M. Forster - Maurice
John Fowles The Collector
G
Ernest J Gaines A Lesson Before Dying
Gabriel García Márquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude
Elizabeth Gaskell - North and South
William Gibson - Neuromancer
Arthur Golden - Memoirs of a Geisha
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Graham Greene - Brighton Rock
John Grisham - A Time to Kill
Winston Groom Forest Gump
Radclyffe Hall - The Well of Loneliness
Dashiell Hammet - Red Harvest
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Last updated: May 2024
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Thomas Hardy - Far From the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy - Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge
Robert Harris - Fatherland
Thomas Harris Red Dragon
Thomas Harris The Silence of the Lambs
Joseph Heller - Catch-22
Ernest Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms
Ernest Hemingway - For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man and the Sea
Frank Herbert - Dune
Patricia Highsmith Carol (previously published as The Price of Salt)
Chester Himes - If He Hollers Let Him Go
Susan Hill The Woman in Black
S.E. Hinton - The Outsiders
Anne Holm - I am David
Victor Hugo - Les Misérables
Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
Christopher Isherwood A Single Man
Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day
J
Shirley Jackson Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson - We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Henry James The Turn of the Screw
P.D. James - The Children of Men
B.S. Johnson - The Unfortunates
Jennifer Johnston - How Many Miles to Babylon?
Jennifer Johnston - The Illusionist
James Joyce - The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce - Ulysses
K
Susanna Kaysen - Girl, Interrupted
Jack Kerouac - On the Road
Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Stephen King - Carrie
Stephen King - It
Stephen King - Misery
Stephen King - Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Stephen King Salem's Lot
Stephen King The Green Mile
Stephen King - The Long Walk
Stephen King - The Outsider
Stephen King - The Running Man
Stephen King The Shining
Barbara Kingsolver The Poisonwood Bible

Last updated: May 2024
Nancy H. Kleinbaum - Dead Poets Society
John Knowles - A Separate Piece
L
Carmen Laforet Nada
Wally Lamb - She's Come Undone
D.H. Lawrence - Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Stephen R. Lawhead - Arthur
Gert Ledig - The Stalin Organ
John Le Carre Smiley's People
John Le Carre The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu - Carmilla
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Dispossessed
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera
C. S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
C.S. Lewis The Horse and His Boy
C.S. Lewis - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters
Jack London - Call of the Wild
H.P. Lovecraft - At the Mountains of Madness
Lois Lowry - The Giver
M
Walter Macken - Brown Lord of the Mountain
Bernard MacLaverty - Cal
Bernard MacLaverty - Grace Notes
Deidre Madden One by One in the Darkness
Gregory Maguire - Wicked
Richard Matheson - I am Legend
George R. R. Martin - A Clash of Kings
George R. R. Martin - A Storm of Swords
François Mauriac - Thérèse Desqueyroux
Daphne du Maurier Rebecca
Patrick McCabe - The Butcher Boy
Cormac McCarthy All The Pretty Horses
Cormac McCarthy - Blood Meridian
Frank McCourt Angela’s Ashes
Carson McCullers - The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Ian McEwan - Enduring Love
Robert McLiam Wilson - Eureke Street
Eoin McNamee - Resurrection Man
Herman Melville Moby ****
David C. Mitchell Ghostwritten
Margaret Mitchell - Gone with the Wind
Brian Moore - The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Toni Morrison Beloved
Toni Morrison Jazz

Last updated: May 2024
Mary Morrissy - Mother of Pearl
Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood
N
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Freidrich Neitzsche - Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Neval Shute Norway On the Beach
O
Edna O'Brien Down By The River
Edna O Brien Parable of the Sower
Flann O’Brien At Swim-Two-Birds
Flann O’Brien The Third Policeman
Tim O’Brien - The Things They Carried
Yoko Ogawa - The Memory Police
George Orwell - Animal Farm
Chuck Palahniuk - Fight Club
P
Cesare Pavese - The Moon and the Bonfires
Charles Perry - Portrait of a Young Man Drowning
Sylvia Plath - The Bell Jar
Terry Pratchett - Men at Arms
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman - Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Philip Pullman -The Amber Spyglass
Erich Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front
R
Jean Rhys - Wide Sargasso Sea
Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire
Anne Rice - Violin
José Rizal - Noli me Tangere (Touch Me Not)
Robert Rodi - Closet Case
Jeff Rovin Re-Animator: The Novelization
Joanna Russ - The Female Man
S
Françoise Sagan - Bonjour Tristesse
Jean-Paul Sartre - Nausea
Leonardo Sciascia - The Day of the Owl
Hubert Selby, Jr. - Last Exit to Brooklyn
Hubert Selby, Jr. - Requiem for a Dream
Michael Shaara - The Killer Angels
Soji Shimada - The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
Georges Simenon - The Man from London
Upton Sinclair The Jungle
Dodie Smith - I Capture the Castle
Muriel Spark - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Nicholas Sparks - The Notebook
Edward St Aubyn - Bad News
John Steinbeck - East of Eden
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
Robert Louis Stevenson - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde

Last updated: May 2024
Arkady and Boris Strugatsky - Roadside Picnic
Patrick Süskind - Perfume
Donna Tartt - The Secret History
T
Walter Tevis - The Queen’s Gambit
Hunter S Thompson - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Jim Thompson - The Killer Inside Me
J. R. R. Tolkien - The Fellowship of the Ring
Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
Dalton Trumbo Johnny Got HIs Gun
Mark Twain - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mario Vargas Llosa - The Feast of the Goat
V
Kurt Vonnegut - Galápagos
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse 5
W
Alice Walker - The Color Purple
Robert Penn Warren - All the King’s Men
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
H.G. Wells Men Like Gods
H.G. Wells - The Time Machine
H.G. Wells The War of the Worlds
Irvine Welsh Trainspotting
Edith Wharton - The Age of Innocence
T H White The Sword in The Stone
Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray
John Williams - Butcher’s Crossing
John Williams - Stoner
Jeanette Winterson - Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Virginia Woolf - To the Lighthouse
Richard Wright Native Son
Banana Yoshimoto - Kitchen
Yevgeny Zamyatin - We
Y Z
Twenty-First-Century Novels (published in 2001 or later) A André Aciman - Call Me by Your Name
Corban Addison - A Walk Across the Sun Aravind Adiga - The White Tiger Rumaan Alam Leave the World Behind Melissa Albert - The Hazel Wood
Becky Albertalli - Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda Naomi Alderman - The Power
Sarah Alderson The Stalker
Nick Alexander Things We Never Said Jonathan Ames - Wake Up, Sir!
M.T. Anderson - Feed
Hiro Arikawa - The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Last updated: May 2024
Graeme Armstrong - The Young Team Jay Asher - Thirteen Reasons Why Odafe Atogun - Taduno's Song
Kate Atkinson - Life After Life
Kate Atkinson - Transcription
Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood - The Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood - The Penelopiad Margaret Atwood - The Testaments
B Fredrik Backman A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman - Beartown
Tessa Bailey It Happened One Summer Jo Baker Longbourn
Sharon Bala - The Boat People
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni - The Palace of Illusions John Banville - Ancient Light
Leigh Bardugo Ninth House
Leigh Bardugo - Six of Crows
Pat Barker - The Silence of the Girls
Julian Barnes - The Sense of an Ending
Kelly Barnhill - When Women Were Dragons
Colin Barrett - Young Skins
Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Kevin Barry Beatlebone
Max Barry - Jennifer Government
Sebastian Barry A Long Long Way
Sebastian Barry - Days Without End Sebastian Barry - On Canaan’s Side Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture Sara Baume - A Line Made by Walking Sara Baume - Spill Simmer Falter Wither Agustina Bazterrica - Tender is the Flesh Darcey Bell - A Simple Favour
Helen Benedict - Sand Queen
Marie Benedict Personal Librarian
Brit Bennett - The Vanishing Half
Virginia Bergin Who Runs the World?
Julie Berry - Lovely War
Philippe Besson Lie With Me
A.P. Beswick - A Forest of Vanity and Valour Terence Blacker - Kill your Darlings
Malorie Blackman - Noughts and Crosses
Matt Bondurant - The Wettest County in the World John Boyne - A History of Loneliness
John Boyne A Ladder to the Sky
John Boyne - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne - The Heart's Invisible Furies

Last updated: May 2024
Alexandra Bracken - The Darkest Minds
Oyinkan Braithwaite My Sister the Serial Killer
Max Brooks World War Z
Dan Brown The Da Vinci Code
Alex Brunkhorst - The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine Graheme Macrae Burnet - His Bloody Project
Anna Burns - Milkman
Jessie Burton - Medusa
Jessie Burton - The Miniaturist
Octavia Butler Girl
C Lucy Caldwell - All the Beggars Riding Lucy Caldwell These Days
Lucy Caldwell - Where They Were Missed Kacen Callender Felix Ever After
M.R. Carey - The Girl with all the Gifts Joyce Carol Oates - Black Girl/White Girl Jan Carson Firestarters
Jan Carson The Raptures
Candice Carty-Williams - Queenie
Peter Cawdron - Retrograde
Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Chip Cheek - Cape May
Arthur C Clarke A Space Odyssey
Susanna Clarke Piranesi
Emma Cline - The Girls
Ernest Cline - Ready Player One
Jonathan Coe - Number 11
Suzanne Collins Catching Fire
Suzanne Collins - The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins Mockingjay
Allie Condie - Matched
John Connolly - The Book of Lost Things
Diane Cook The New Wilderness
Douglas Coupland - Generation A
Justin Cronin - The Passage
Chris Crowe - Mississippi Trial, 1955
Angie Cruz - Dominicana
Jeanine Cummins - American Dirt
D Christina Dalcher - Vox
Emily D. Danforth - The Miseducation of Cameron Post Kamel Daoud - The Mersault Investigation
James Dashner The Maze Runner
Claire Daverly Talking at Night
Sarah Davis-Goff - Last Ones Left Alive
Juno Dawson - Meat Market
Elizabeth Day - The Party
Nelson Demille The Cuban Affair
Danny Denton - The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow

Last updated: May 2024
Delphine De Vigan - No and Me
Martina Devlin - About Sisterland
Junot Díaz - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Joël Dicker (trans. Sam Taylor) - The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair David Diop At Night All Blood is Black
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
Naoise Dolan - Exciting Times
Aidan Donnelley Rowley - The Ramblers
Jennifer Donnelly - A Gathering Light
Emma Donoghue Room
Emma Donoghue The Wonder
Avni Doshi - Burnt Sugar
Lloyd C. Douglas The Robe
Kat Dunn - Bitterthorn
Mark Dunn - Ella Minnow Pea
Christine Dwyer Hickey - The Lives of Women
Christine Dwyer Hickey - The Narrow Land
E Phil Earle - The Bubble Wrap Boy
Bret Easton Ellis - Imperial Bedrooms Umberto Eco - Numero Zero
Jennifer Egan - A Visit from the Goon Squad Dave Eggers Heroes of the Frontier
Dave Eggers - The Circle
Dave Eggers - The Parade
Amal El-Montar and Max Gladstone How to Lose the Time War Val Emmich et al Dear Evan Hansen
Anne Enright - Actress
Anne Enright - The Green Road
Amy Ephron - One Sunday Morning
Robert Evans - After the Revolution
Bernardine Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other
Bernardine Evaristo - Mr Loverman
Percival Everett - The Trees
Gavin Extence - The Universe Versus Alex Woods
F Patricia Falvey - The Yellow House Elena Ferrante - My Brilliant Friend
Joshua Ferris - Then We Came to the End Sebastian Faulks Engleby
A. J. Finn - The Woman in the Window Catherine Fisher Incarceron
Alex Flinn - Beastly Emma Flint - Little Deaths
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn - Sharp Objects
Michael Thomas Ford Suicide Notes
Ben Fountain - Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Karen Joy Fowler - We’re All Completely Beside Ourselves Therese Anne Fowler - Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Jonathan Franzen Freedom

Last updated: May 2024
Jonathan Franzen The Corrections Michael Frayn Spies
Tanya French The Likeness
Emily Fridlund - History of Wolves
G Neil Gaiman - Coraline
Neil Gaiman - The Ocean at the End of The Lane Bonnie Garmus - Lessons in Chemistry
Mike Gayle - All the Lonely People
Hazel Gaynor - The Bird in the Bamboo Cage
Hazel Gaynor - The Girl from the Savoy
Yan Ge - Strange Beasts of China
Tess Gerritsen - Playing with Fire
Megan Giddings The Women Could Fly
D. Clark Gill - So Special in Dayville
Kathleen Glasgow - Girl in Pieces
Kathleen Glasgow - How to Make Friends with the Dark Joanna Glen - All My Mothers
Dmitry Glukhovsky - Metro 2033
Alyn Glynn Limitless (also entitled The Dark Fields) Salena Godden - Mrs Death Misses Death
Michael Grant - Monster
Giselle Green - Pandora’s Box
John Green - Looking for Alaska
John Green - The Fault in Our Stars
John Green - Turtles all the Way Down
Ryan Graudin - Wolf by Wolf
Elly Griffiths The Stranger Diaries
John Grisham - The Judge’s List
David Grossman More Than I Love My Life
Guy Gunaratne - In Our Mad and Furious City
Yaa Gyasi - Homegoing
H Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Matt Haig The Midnight Library
Chad Harbach - The Art of Fielding
Frances Hardinge The Lie Tree
Matt Haig - How to Stop Time
Matt Haig - The Humans
Janice Hallett The Appeal
Mohsin Hamid - The Reluctant Fundamentalist Kristin Hannah - The Nightingale
John Harding Florence and Giles Frances Hardinge - The Lie Tree Joanne Harris - Broken Light Adam Hasslett - Imagine Me Gone Romy Hausmann Dear Child Samantha Hayes The Liar’s Wife Terry Hayes - I am Pilgrim
Natalie Haynes - A Thousand Ships Natalie Haynes - Stone Blind

Last updated: May 2024
Paula Hawkins - The Girl On the Train Rachel Hawkins - The Wife Upstairs Emma Healey - Elizabeth is Missing
Zoe Heller - Notes on a Scandal
Cristina Henriquez - The Book of Unknown Americans Ronan Hessian - Leonard and Hungry Paul
Sheila Heti How Should a Person Be?
Charlie Higson - The Dead
Charlie Higson - The Enemy
Gerri Hill - Behind the Pine Curtain
Jamie Holland - The Lies We Tell
Ninni Holmqvist - The Unit
Colleen Hoover - It Ends with Us
Colleen Hoover Ugly Love
Colleen Hoover Verity
Gail Honeyman - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Ellen Hopkins Crank
Nick Hornby - A Long Way Down
Nick Hornby Slam
Antony Horowitz - House of Silk
Antony Horowitz The Magpie Murders
Khaled Hosseini - And the Mountains Echoed
Khaled Hosseini - A Thousand Splendid Suns
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
Andrew Michael Hurley - The Loney
Michel Houellebecq - Serotonin
Ling Ling Huang - Natural Beauty
Michael Hughes - Country
Douglas Hulick - A Tale of The Kin
Dot Hutchison - The Butterfly Garden
I Kazuo Ishiguro - Klara and the Sun
Antonio Iturbe The Librarian of Auschwitz Uzodinma Iweala - Speak No Evil
J Holly Jackson As Good As Dead
Adiba Jaigirdar The Henna Wars
Uzma Jalaluddin - Ayesha at Last
Lauren James The Quiet at the End of the World Marlon James - A Brief History of Seven Killings P.D. James - Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James The Murder Room Alison Jameson - Little Beauty
Luke Jennings Killing Eve: Codename Villanelle Victor Jestin - Heatwave
Paulette Jiles - Enemy Women
Jennifer Johnston Shadowstory
Edward P. Jones The Known World Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip
Alan Hollinghurst - The Line of Beauty
Alan Hollinghurst - The Stranger's Child

Last updated: May 2024
Sadie Jones - The Outcast
Tayari Jones - An American Marriage Hillary Jordan - When She Woke Sebastian Junger War
K Han Kang - The Vegetarian
Ani Katz A Good Man
Tosikazu Kawaguchi Before the Coffee Gets Cold Meiko Kawakami - Heaven
Claire Keegan Small Things Like These
David Keenan - For the Good Times
Louise Kennedy - Trespasses
Minka Kent The Stillwater Girls
Caroline Kepnes - You
Imre Kertész - Detective Story
Caitlin R. Kiernan - The Drowning Girl
Un-su Kim - The Plotters
Stephen King Dr Sleep
Stephen King The Institute
Stephen King The Outsider
TJ Klune The House in the Cerulean Sea
Lisa Ko - The Leavers
Susan Koefod - Naming the Stars
Chan Koonchung The Fat Years
Edith Kostova - The Historian
Jessica Knoll - Luckiest Girl Alive
R.F. Kuang Babel
R.F. Kuang The Poppy War
R.F. Kuang Yellowface
Dawn Kurtagich - The Dead House
Kevin Kwan - Crazy Rich Asians
Nina LaCour - Hold Still
Mur Lafferty - Six Wakes
Jhumpa Lahiri - The Namesake
Catriona Lally - Eggshells
John Lanchester - The Wall
Ali Land - Good Me Bad Me
Shari Lapena - The Couple Next Door
Jillian Larkin Diva
Victor LaValle The Changling
Caroline Lea The Glass Woman
Harper Lee - Go Set a Watchman
Min Jin Lee - Pachinko
Christy Lefteri - The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Other Wind
Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island
Edan Lepucki California
Ben Lerner - The Topeka School
Jem Lester Shtum
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Last updated: May 2024
Andrea Levy The Long Song
Nell Leyshon - The Colour of Milk
Yiyun Li - The Vagrants
John Ajvide Lindqvist - Let the Right One In Jeff Lindsay - Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis - Five Feet Apart Margot Livesey - The Flight of Gemma Hardy
Atticus Lish - Preparation for the Next Life
E. Lockhart - We Were Liars
Randy Loubier - Slow Brewing Tea
Paul Lynch - Grace
Paul Lynch Prophet Song
Scott Lynch The Lies of Locke Lamora
M Tony Macaulay - Belfast Gate
Clare Mackintosh - I Let You Go Sophie Mackintosh - The Water Cure Elizabeth MacNeal - The Doll Factory Tahereh Mafi This Woven Kingdom Josh Malerman - Bird Box
Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall
Biana Marais If You Want to Make God Laugh
Karl Marlantes - Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Yann Martel - Life of Pi
George R. R. Martin - A Dance With Dragons
Valerie Martin Property
Meg Mason - Sorrow and Bliss
Jason Matthews - Red Sparrow
Imbolo Mbue - Behold the Dreamers
Gillian McAllister - Everything But The Truth
Eimear McBride - A Girl is a Half Formed Thing
Cormac McCarthy - No Country for Old Men
Ian McEwan Atonement
Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach
Ian McEwan The Children Act
Bernie McGill - The Watch House
Ian McGuire The North Water
Lisa McInerney - The Glorious Heresies
Sophie McKenzie Girl Missing
Karen M. McManus - One of Us Is Lying
Ciaran McMenamin - The Sunken Road
Eoin McNamee - The Blue Tango
Casey McQuiston Red, White & Royal Blue
Jennie Melamed - Gather the Daughters
Pascal Mercier - Lea
Marissa Meyer - Heartless
Philipp Meyer - American Rust
Stephanie Meyer - Twilight (Book 1)
Alex Michaelides - The Silent Patient China Miéville - The City and the City

Last updated: May 2024
Katja Millay - The Sea of Tranquillity Andrew Miller - Snowdrops
Andrew Miller - The Crossing
Madeline Miller - Circe
Madeline Miller - Song of Achilles
Lydia Millet A Children’s Bible
Anchee Min Empress Orchid
Denise Mina - The Long Drop
David Mitchell - Black Swan Green
David Mitchell - Cloud Atlas
Nadifa Mohamed The Fortune Men
Alan Monaghan The Soldier’s Song
Sue Monk Kidd The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd - The Secret Life of Bees
Brian Moore - The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne Caitlin Moran - How to Build a Girl
Silvia Moreno-Garcia - The Mexican Gothic Richard K Morgan - Altered Carbon
Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern The Starless Sea
Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies
Heather Morris - The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris Three Sisters
Toni Morrison God Help The Child
Ottessa Moshfegh - Eileen
Ottessa Moshfegh - Lapvona
Ottessa Moshfegh - My Year of Rest and Relaxation Jojo Moyes - Me Before You
Haruki Murakami After Dark
Haruki Murakami - Kafka On The Shore
Sayaka Murata - Convenience Store Woman
Paul Murray Skippy Dies
Sarah Mussi Breakdown
N Cha Nam Joo Kim Ji-Young Born 1982 Louise Nealon - Snowflake
Micah Nemerever - These Violent Delights Irène Nemirovsky - Suite Francaise
Patrick Ness - The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness A Monster Calls
Rebecca Netley - The Whistling
Celeste Ng - Everything I Never Told You
Celeste Ng - Little Fires Everywhere
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Purple Hibiscus David Nicholls - One Day
David Nicholls - Us
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveller’s Wife Jennifer Niven - American Blonde

Last updated: May 2024
Jennifer Niven - All the Bright Places Megan Nolan - Ordinary Human Failings Graham Norton - Holding
O Téa Obrecht - The Tiger’s Wife
Ben Okri - Starbook
Maggie O’Farrell - Hamnet
Maggie O’Farrell - The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox Louise O'Neill Asking For It
Louise O'Neill - Only Ever Yours
Alice Oseman Radio Silence
Alice Oseman Solitaire
Julie Otsuka - When the Emperor was Divine Delia Owens - Where the Crawdads Sing Ruth Ozeki - A Tale for the Time Being
P R. J. Palacio - Wonder
B. A. Paris Behind Closed Doors
David Park The Truth Commissioner
Shelley Parker-Chan She Who Became The Sun Rachel Pastan - Alena: A Novel
Ann Patchett The Dutch House
Sheena Patel I'm a Fan
Laline Paull The Bees
Sarah Perry Melmoth
Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent
Gin Phillips - Fierce Kingdom
Jodi Picoult A Spark of Light
Jodi Picoult - House Rules
Jodi Picoult - My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult - Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult The Storyteller
DBC Pierre - Vernon God Little
Donald Ray Pollock - The Devil All the Time
Max Porter - Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Stephanie Powell Watts - No One Is Coming To Save Us Rory Power Wilder Girls
Kevin Powers - The Yellow Birds
Natasha Preston - Silence
Laura Purcell The Silent Companions
Thomas Pynchon - Inherent Vice
Q Geraldine Quigley - Music Love Drugs War
R Bali Rai - City of Ghosts
Shobha Rao - Girls Burn Brighter Ron Rash - Serena
Philip Reeve - Here Lies Arthur Iain Reid - Foe
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Hii! Idk if I'll be much help, my exam board was eduqas. But the coursework is the same. We didn't really get a choice in our class. We did Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. I'm very surprised not to see Handmaids tale on that set list. It seems to be a popular choice for other exam boards.

I would say, if you are given the choice, try and do some research into a few of the books that intrigue you from that list. Look at the key themes and reviews of the book to get a feel for the plots and key ideas. Also always keep in mind you are comparing one book from pre 2000s and one post 2000s. That's key, you don't want to accidentally do loads of research on two books from the same era. Then I would say after you've found 2 that kind of are alike in themes, buy the books, read them through once at least once, annotate and highlight any quotes that stand out to you (even if you don't know the context, it still made you go wow in that moment, everything authors have written is of importance, or so teachers say) - also I know there are people who hate annotations in books, but honestly it makes your life so much easier when you're looking through to find quotes to use later on.

Having read a few off that list, I particularly enjoyed We were liars by E lockhart. It's a relatively short book. Huge plot twist at the end. Deals with themes of family relationships, love, identity, mental health, death. Really beautifully written, lockhart's story telling throughout seems disfigured but reflects the protagonist's mental state.

Also, I began reading Yellowface by R.F Kuang. Again really beautifully written. Both authors' writing style is more modern, but Kuang is more conversational. Again, deals with issues of identity, relationships but also race + heritage (quite a big theme) and censorship. Unreliable narrators for both.

(please bare in mind they are both post 2000s)

Pre 2000s wise, I really enjoyed little women. Themes of family, love, gender roles, identity. Read it a really long time ago, so I can't remember it properly - might give it a reread soon.

We did a Christmas carol at gcse at our school - and yes it is christmassy but its also a gothic novella, a ghost story. Themes of redemption, memory, identity, one may argue love ( love for mankind, for each other, for oneself. )

Identity is a really good theme tbh. It's a theme almost every book explores in one context or another. Self identity, cultural identity, gender identity, sexual identity, things that shape identity (nature or nurture), losing identity, fake identity etc etc

Anyways, I hope that's somewhat made sense. Wishing you all the best! Good luck!
Oh sorry, just reread what you've written. If your exam board allows two books from the same time period then it makes your world so much easier. We HAD to do two different time periods which meant more research into the different contextual and historical aspects of the books.
I just finished A2 CCEA English Lit and loved the coursework! My best advice is to definitely talk to your teacher and ask for books to read over the summer that discuss themes you want to study because my teacher helped me so much. Also, never use chat GPT for work, but it's really good for book recommendations if you tell it which themes you want and the literary level for example. I got 75/75 in this unit so I can help with any questions you have (:
Original post by Ioana2006
Hii! Idk if I'll be much help, my exam board was eduqas. But the coursework is the same. We didn't really get a choice in our class. We did Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. I'm very surprised not to see Handmaids tale on that set list. It seems to be a popular choice for other exam boards.
I would say, if you are given the choice, try and do some research into a few of the books that intrigue you from that list. Look at the key themes and reviews of the book to get a feel for the plots and key ideas. Also always keep in mind you are comparing one book from pre 2000s and one post 2000s. That's key, you don't want to accidentally do loads of research on two books from the same era. Then I would say after you've found 2 that kind of are alike in themes, buy the books, read them through once at least once, annotate and highlight any quotes that stand out to you (even if you don't know the context, it still made you go wow in that moment, everything authors have written is of importance, or so teachers say) - also I know there are people who hate annotations in books, but honestly it makes your life so much easier when you're looking through to find quotes to use later on.
Having read a few off that list, I particularly enjoyed We were liars by E lockhart. It's a relatively short book. Huge plot twist at the end. Deals with themes of family relationships, love, identity, mental health, death. Really beautifully written, lockhart's story telling throughout seems disfigured but reflects the protagonist's mental state.
Also, I began reading Yellowface by R.F Kuang. Again really beautifully written. Both authors' writing style is more modern, but Kuang is more conversational. Again, deals with issues of identity, relationships but also race + heritage (quite a big theme) and censorship. Unreliable narrators for both.
(please bare in mind they are both post 2000s)
Pre 2000s wise, I really enjoyed little women. Themes of family, love, gender roles, identity. Read it a really long time ago, so I can't remember it properly - might give it a reread soon.
We did a Christmas carol at gcse at our school - and yes it is christmassy but its also a gothic novella, a ghost story. Themes of redemption, memory, identity, one may argue love ( love for mankind, for each other, for oneself. )
Identity is a really good theme tbh. It's a theme almost every book explores in one context or another. Self identity, cultural identity, gender identity, sexual identity, things that shape identity (nature or nurture), losing identity, fake identity etc etc
Anyways, I hope that's somewhat made sense. Wishing you all the best! Good luck!

Thank you so much, I think handmaids tale is allowed as my teacher was talking about it but I have no clue why it’s not on the list! Thanks for your recommendations!!
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I just finished A2 CCEA English Lit and loved the coursework! My best advice is to definitely talk to your teacher and ask for books to read over the summer that discuss themes you want to study because my teacher helped me so much. Also, never use chat GPT for work, but it's really good for book recommendations if you tell it which themes you want and the literary level for example. I got 75/75 in this unit so I can help with any questions you have (:

omg you did so well!! what books did you do for the coursework and what did you do to get such a high mark? Good luck for results day!!
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omg you did so well!! what books did you do for the coursework and what did you do to get such a high mark? Good luck for results day!!

Thanks! I studied Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment' and 'Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead' by Olga Tokarczuk (I'm the reason that book is on the list lol). My question was 'Both of these novels are existentialist texts'. My advice is that you should put a lot of effort into planning the essay because this will make the first draft stage much easier. While I was reading the books, I noted any significant scenes or methods that I wanted to discuss. Once I chose my question, I did a lot of research into my key term (existentialism) and found papers that outlined its traits. Then, I spent a lot of time working a method into each of my argument points (to minimise yapping) and tried to cover as much as I could while keeping the essay short. I would say that reading around the subject is also very important because it'll help you articulate your thoughts and you can put papers/ other books into your bibliography which will also help. Our teacher also showed us examples of good and bad past essays which was very useful so you should ask your teacher if they can do that too. It's definitely very different to anything you'll have done before but if you work hard in the planning stage then it should work out. Hope this helps!

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